No More Fearing Love
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
| 1 John 4:16 KJV |
In a season where we as women are being taught the foundations of love again. I find myself drawn to this scripture because it highlights something very important. That for us to really learn the foundations of love, we must first learn what love is. We will never fully know how to trust love and not fear love if we skip this step.
So you may ask, how is it that we get to a place that we trust love? As this scripture spells out, we must know and believe the love that God has for each and every one of us. This is not something that happens in one instance, but something that must be reinforced daily. The scripture clearly places the action verbs in the past to denote that it is something we’ve done and learned before. It is a learned behavior that has been put into practice through repetition.
With anything we have ever looked to place our trust in, we have practically learned that it took us time, practice, and maintaining a genuine connection. The same must be applied to your love story with God. You have to find and learn ways to consistently talk to Him, listen to Him, know Him, trust Him, worship Him, obey Him, as well as love Him back. You know anything short of these things will leave you feeling cheated. You cannot forget that natural things we do or even not do hold spiritual ramifications. If we say we want more than the love of this world, we will have to open ourselves to knowing and believing in the love of God.
God is love. God is the One that loves us the most. God wants such a intimate love with us that He describes it as Him living and staying within us forever. What love in your life can meet this description? As women we desire stability and assurance when it comes to trusting love. We do not do well when love wavers or is undependable. God desires to give us that love that will never leave us nor forsake us. However God is desiring to give us this type of lovs first with Him.
The bible describes God as our first love. It even warns against us leaving our first love in Revelation 2. Believe it or not, there is a right way to do this thing called trusting love. And the first step of trusting love is to take it with God. If you are reading this, and you have never taken the steps to know God’s love for yourself nor believe that God loves you, then there is really no way that you will ever be able to completely trust love.
I know it’s not ideal to us to just love God. We rather have something quick or easy. We rather believe we’ve figured love out. But that’s not love. God is love. And there’s no way to have love for another that’s healthy, lasting, and fulfilling if we continue to exclude or leave God out of it. If we can simply change our perspective to see love as seeing God and to have love as having God. Then we will finally break free of our fear of love.
Despite what may come with love; the ups and the downs. Know that if each time you open yourself to love and receive love, you do it onto God. God will honor it because you keep loving and receiving love from Him first. I want to encourage all women reading this today, give loving God first a try. Set aside all your hurts, pains, fears, disappointments, unforgiveness, and let God know you and make a believer out of you in the area of love! I promise you trusting God’s love will be the greatest love story of your life…
By: Minister Nadège Napoleon